Anna Maria Bay Fest 2016

The Anna Maria Bay Fest is back again! This years event runs from 10am-10pm Saturday, October 15th. and will be on Pine Avenue as usual.

Anna Maria Bay Fest

The event is a show case of food, arts and crafts, exotic and classic cars and music. Additionally, this is a family friendly event with a kid zone and bounce house.

Music

Throughout the day there will be live music too! Mike Sales will be the emcee with the following musical acts.

KoKo Ray & The Keepers 11-12:30
Whiskey Blind 1-3pm
Billy Rice: 3:30-5pm
soulRcoaster 5:30 – 7:30
The Karen & Jimmy Band 8 – 10

Food

You’ll find something for everyone to eat with this list of food vendors. In addition to great food options, you’ll find beer, wine and cocktails.

T & L Bar-B-Q Award Winning Ribfest Bar- B-Q
The Waterfront Restaurant
The Feast Restaurant
Corky’s Hot Dogs
Coastal Crab
Joey D’s
Riverside Rollin’ Smoke
Ellas Greek Restaurant
AMI Privateers
Joey’s Italian Ice
Coco Loco
Kona Ice

Happenings

Enjoy over a 100 classic, exotic and muscle cars to see during Bay Fest. There will be over 100 vendors to peruse. Vendors will offer a wide selection of wares including art, jewelry and more.

The Event is hosted and organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

Anna Maria Bay Fest
Join in on the fun at the Anna Maria Bay Fest!

9th Annual Anna Maria Island Arts Hop 2015

Anna Maria Island – In its ninth year the Anna Maria Island Arts Hop 2015 returns with a diverse cultural experience for the entire island. With events happening November 13-15th in all three island cities; Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will be teaming with arts and entertainment fun for all ages.

Arts Hop 2015

Organized by the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island, Arts Hop will kick off the three day event with the Holmes Beach art walk from 5-8pm then the Anna Maria art walk from 7-9pm with the Island Players production of “Radio Ridiculous” at 8pm. There are 22 vendors participating for theHolmes Beach and Anna Maria art walks. Some of the vendors will be offering refreshments and live music with the galleries offering live demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists.

Arts Hop Anna Maria Island
Arts Hop 2015

Holmes Beach art walk 5-8pm:

Creations by L
Saltair boutique
The Feast
Restless Native
Steam Design
Fukin Sei Art Lab
Island Coffee Haus
Artists’ Guild Gallery
Art League of Anna Maria Island
Island Gallery West

Anna Maria art walk 7-9pm:

Libby’s on Pine Avenue
AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear and Apparel
Anna Maria General Store
Home Town Desserts
Joyce Lazarra Gallery on Pine
Shiny Fish Emporium
Salon Salon on Pine
Tide and Mood Jewelry
Emerson’s Studio Store
Poppo’s Taqueria
The Studio at Gulf and Pine
Lava Lava
Three Island Monkey’s
Harry’s Grill

Craft Show

Celebrate Arts hop on the 14th and 15th with an arts and crafts show on the Holmes Beach City Hall Field from 10am-4pm. Located at 5801 Marina Drive, the two day arts and craft show will benefit the Holmes Beach Butterfly Garden. Admission and parking are free at this show featuring jewelry, photography, fine arts, glass, clothes and live music from local favorite Patchouli.

Wrapping up the events on the 14th from 4:30-7:30pm the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will present “Symphony on the Sand”. Happening on Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, three ticket packages are available ranging from $35, $70 or $100 per person for this spectacular beach side event. Expect to hear Broadway tunes and classical favorites from the 45 piece orchestra and solo artists. The event will be catered by Coquina Cafe, The Lazy Lobster, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the Beach House Restaurant.

Symphony on the Sand
Symphony on the Sand is Spectacular!

Market

Continuing the fun on the 15th The Bradenton Beach Art walk kicks off the first of the season Bridge Street Market. Running from 11am-3pm, Bridge Street will offer a traditional market with produce, crafts, gifts, artwork and live entertainment. In addition to the market several Bridge Street merchants will be participating including eight samples for $8 from Bridge Street Bistro and the Blue Marlin. Stop by the other participating shops like Sea-rentiy Beach Spa and eco-boutique, and The Lot. Take advantage of the ArtsHopper Passport receiving a stamp from each participating vendor entering you into the grand prize drawing for a two night stay at Bridge Walk Resort. Bid on the locally designed turtle artwork auction benefiting the Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Finally at 2pm the Island Players will perform a second showing of “Radio Ridiculous”.

Bridge Street Market Arts Hop 2015
Bridge Street Market

For a fun and cultural experiences all over the island, stop by the 9th annual Arts Hop this November!

 

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach – It’s that time of year again, City Fest is coming back to Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island!

On Friday, March 27th from 5-10pm and Saturday, March 28th from 10am-10pm, this 2-day event will be taking place at the Holmes beach City Hall Field.

Continuous band music will be provided by a host of live entertainers on stage in addition to a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Wine, Beer , Rum Runners, Margaritas and more!

Island CityFest is being held at the Holmes Beach City Hall “Field” 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach (next to City Hall). For Vendor or Sponsor Information see attachments or call 941-778-1541.

Band Line-Up Friday March 27th:

Scott Pritchard – MC

5:30-7:30pm Koko Ray & the Keepers

8:00-10:00pm – Billy Rice Band

Band Line-Up Saturday March 28th:

Mike Sales – MC all day

11:00-12:00 noon – Cant Turn Left

12:30-2:30pm – Mike Sales & the Restless Natives

3:00-5:00pm – soulRcoaster

5:30-7:30pm – Shotgun Justice

8:00pm-10:00pm – Scott’s Garage

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach
city fest 2015

2015 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – The 33rd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, February 14th-15th from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Art, music and seafood will bring scores of people to the historic Cortez fishing village and you won’t want to miss it!

cortez commercial village festival

Admission – $3.00 for Adults – Children 12 under free

To find Cortez Village on a map, locate Bradenton which is about 50 miles south of Tampa. Find State Road 684, known locally as Cortez Road or 44th Avenue, and go west to the beaches.

Remote Parking for the Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Every year there is a something new at the Festival. Festival goers will want to note that there is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209). Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. You can’t miss it.

As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site.

Also, the parking area just east of the village off of Cortez Road has been expanded again this year. But get there early or later in the day as this parking area tends to fill up quickly. Parking spots open up later in the day.

Another option is to park in the western part of town. Many folks manage small parking areas throughout the village with some charging a fee depending on how close they are to the village.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 9~15~2014 ~ Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island ~ A Romantic Sunset
Romance on Anna Maria Island

The summer has come and gone and we are entering into fall! The atmosphere changes from tourists bustling around the Island enjoying vacations with family and friends to less crowded locals soaking up the peace and quiet for about a month on Anna Maria Island. I find fall sunsets to be the most beautiful because the skies are a much deeper blue and late afternoon showers give way to more grandeur sunsets! It is a perfect time for couples to nestle their chairs in the sand and let the sunset serve as their entertainment. The turtles are still hatching and the shore birds, dolphins and manatees all add that touch of wildlife for which Anna Maria Island is so well known especially to the locals. Soon we will see fall festivals happening along the Gulf of Mexico, both on and off the Island offering seafood and live music as well as arts and crafts. Islanders are always excited to put on their jeans and open their windows to feel the cross breezes and fresh air!  And at the end of the day we find our reward for hard work is to be able to walk to the beach to rest and relax as we experience another amazing sunset pulling the shade down as day fades into night…as summer fades into fall!   

 

Anna Maria Soaring Sunset
Soaring Sunset on Anna Maria Island

 

Created by Melinda Bordes Melinda@annamariasunset.com 941-705-0146…Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas feel free to call me to assist you in the process. Together we can find that perfect slice of paradise so you can soak up our amazing sunsets no matter the season!

 

2014 Food and Wine on Pine – Anna Maria Island Festival

Anna Maria – The 4th annual 2014 Food and Wine on Pine is taking place on May 3rd on historic Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Featuring the very best in food, win art and music on the island, you won’t want to miss this unique event.

2014 Food and Wine on Pine

2014 Food and Wine on Pine on Pine Avenue

Twenty five local restaurants will feature their unique cuisine. This is all while you taste at least thirty upscale wines. Craft and domestic beers will also be available! Approximately 40 juried artists, more than 30 musical acts and more will line Pine Avenue.

New for this year is a Kentucky Derby Tent. Here you can watch the spectacle on big screen tv’s called the Pine Avenue Downs. There will be other derby related events including betting on the race, a bar serving up Mint Julips and more. It’s almost as good at being in Kentucky!

This event is popular among locals and visitors, and is well attended every year too! While this event grows in popularity, it always offers something new each year.

Food and wine on Pine is organized by the Chiles group of restaurants. They will also be among the vendors list of participants.

Stay tuned to the Food and Wine on Pine website for more information!

 

 

1st Annual Lighting of Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island!

holiday lightsMark Saturday, November 30th on your calendar ~ we have a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

That evening from 5pm through 10pm, we are all welcome to enjoy the first official holiday Lighting of Bridge Street.  Bring your friends, family (both human and furry) to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. The night will come alive with live holiday music by “Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots”.  There will be shopping, crafts, food and a full bar available. The exact location is 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach….but leave the car at home!  You can let loose, have a good time and shake your tail feathers by taking the free Anna Maria Island Trolley!!

What a fun way to follow up an island Thanksgiving!

This is the first of many merry holiday events on Anna Maria Island, beginning in the city of Bradenton Beach.

For more information on the host, Bridge Street Merchants, click here.

Ist Annual Lighting of Bridge Street

Experience the Anna Maria Island Nightlife

Anna Maria Island Nightlife

Anna Maria Island Nightlife
Looking for something to do at night on Anna Maria Island? There are several choices in nighttime entertainment to choose from…

Live Music

  • Blue Marlin Restaurant’s Courtyard offers live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a relaxing outdoor setting.
  • Island Time Bar & Grill has live music running from Thursday through Sunday. Wings, burgers, and fried grouper sandwiches are also available.
  • The Anna Maria City Pier has live music on Friday and Saturday starting at 6:00PM.
  • D Coy Ducks is an option for those wanting to stay out later, open until 1:30AM. Live music Wednesday-Saturday with Thursday being karaoke night.
  • Ace’s Lounge, a short jaunt off the island, is a great choice for live music. Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz and Reggae can all be found here.

Happy Hours

Check out our full list of ten Anna Maria Island happy hours to get the night started right!

Bars & Billiards

  • Sport’s on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach has billiards, darts, and shuffleboard!
  • Slim’s Place has two billiards tables and drinks to go around. A large bar and televisions to watch the game.
  • Bortell’s has darts, pinball, video games, and billiards tables, and .
  • The Firkin & Fox Pub is off the island, but open until 11:00PM Monday-Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

More information on night spots can be found in some of our other top blogs!

Privateers Pirate Invasion

Privateers Pirate Invasion Ad copyShiver me timbers! Tami here to tell you to get ready for the pirate invasion! November 1-3 is the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion. The Privateers are a non-profit group organized to support local youth, and they are partnering up with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Keep Manatee Beautiful, and Sandblast 2013 to host this event on Coquina Beach. There will be a parade, Pirates’ Ball, an island wide treasure hunt, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drink and live entertainment for landlubbers of all ages! This fundraiser will benefit local businesses as well as compile donations for the kids’ organizations and scholarship funds. Be sure to check it out, or walk the plank!

Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion

Nov 1 (12 pm-5 pm) Nov 2 (10 am-8 pm) Nov 3 (10 am-5 pm)

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island

Contact: Anna Maria Island Privateers PO Box 1238 Holmes Beach, Florida 34217

Visiting during Independence Day or during Christmas?  Don’t miss the Privateers parade they host all along Anna Maria Island!

Harry’s Summer Solstice Soirẻe at Anna Maria Community Center

Summer Solstice 2013

By Wednesday evening we’re all looking for something exciting to get us through those next few days until Friday. Well, look no further! Wednesday, June 19th,  2013 from 5pm – 7pm, come out and enjoy live music, craft beers, creative hors d’oeuvres, and fascinating wines from around the globe. This marvelous event, Harry’s Summer Soltice Soirẻe, will be sponsored by Harry’s Continental Kitchen – known for their exquisite, fresh cuisine! Not only will you be sipping fabulous wines while taking in the tunes, but you will be supporting the Anna Maria Island Community Center! Just $20 per person to partake in the festivities! Anna Maria Island Community Center is home to various youth sports, counseling services, and more! They need and deserve our support! We’ll see you there!

 

Harry’s Continental Kitchen
5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL
941-383-0777